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April 24, 1948

Practical Obstetrics

JAMA. 1948;136(17):1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890340042023

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It was the author's intention not to write a textbook but to present a number of practical clinical discussions in a form that will preserve the atmosphere of a doctor's office, an operating room or the bedside rather than that of the lecture hall. In this the author has succeeded admirably, for his style of presentation is delightfully informal and most unusual in a book dealing with medicine. Of the twenty-two chapters in the book, eighteen are devoted to obstetrics, two to sterility, one to artificial insemination and the last one to "Queries and Views."

The first chapter deals with postpartum hemorrhage, and this is proper because hemorrhage is the most important cause of maternal mortality. Throughout the book the author demonstrates his [ill]ast experience in obstetrics. He is ultra-conservative, yet he has not failed to accept all that is progressive in obstetrics. He illustrates and describes the use of

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